Travis Head of Australia bowls during the third ODI against Pakistan at the WACA.
Travis Head of Australia bowls during the third ODI against Pakistan at the WACA. RICHARD WAINWRIGHT

Unlikely frontline spinner loving his role for Aussies

CRICKET: While the world's No.1 ODI wicket-taker in 2016 is sitting in the stands, Travis Head is happy to play the role of Australia's frontline spinner.

The South Australian returned figures of 2-65 in the win over Pakistan in Perth on Thursday and 0-28 in the series opener in Brisbane, both from 10 overs.

Adam Zampa, who took a world-best 30 scalps in the 50-over-a-side game for his country last year, has been left out of the first three games, and Head has been given the ball ahead of all-rounder Glenn Maxwell.

"I love bowling,” the 22-year-old said.

"I feel like I'm bowling really well and working hard at training ... but you've got to keep taking wickets and doing the job, otherwise there's other guys - as you can see in the side - that can do that job.”

Maxwell has 45 wickets from 70 ODI appearances at 38.18 apiece, while Head has eight victims from 18 matches at 52.

"If he gets his opportunity as well, it works the same way,” Head said. "Anyone in the team who gets given the ball is ready to go and really confident in their skill-set. It's nice that I'm getting a bowl at the minute.”

Leading 2-1, Australia will have the chance to wrap up the five-match series at the SCG on Sunday.

"There's a lot of guys in form and the guys at the top in the batting are in great form - they just probably haven't got the runs they would have liked,” Head said.

"We're bowling extremely well at the minute and momentum's a great thing, so if we can take that to Sydney - we played really well against New Zealand in Sydney - and replicate what we did yesterday, it would be really nice to wrap it up.”



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